Boris Johnson is more popular than even David Cameron amongst Tory activists, a major survey revealed yesterday.
The survey conducted by ConservativeHome, gives Boris a net satisfaction rating of plus 86 per cent, a full three points ahead of his once boss David Cameron.
The result will further fuel the rivalry between the pair, on a day in which Boris Johnson makes his debut conference speech as Mayor.
Boris was originally pencilled in to appear as a 'warm-up' for David Cameron on Wednesday.
However, his slot has since been moved to today, so as to not overshadow the official star of the show.
In fact the Conservative leadership are said to be so worried by Boris, that there have even been suggestions of deactivating his conference pass straight after his speech.
But with Boris now willing to tell anyone who will listen, that he has his eye on Cameron's job, then it will take more than one humiliating curfew to keep Boris from the party in whose popularity he leads.